Erik Murchie 1

Erik Murchie

I am a plant physiologist at the University of Nottingham with a focus on crop plant function. Part of my current research focuses on photosynthesis and photoprotection and how these interact in the context of a changing environment.  In my group we also examine how canopy architecture (i.e the 3 Dimensional structure of plants) affects the way in which they intercept and convert light into biomass. We like utilising novel approaches e.g., understanding how plant motion contributes to this process. We utilise natural genetic variation for example traits and genes from wild relatives of wheat. Such resources will be useful for producing crops that can deal with future climates that are likely to be challenging in comparison with today.